I Love You Austin, But I’m Still Into New York

Last week my friend Kim posted a status reading: “Happy six year anniversary NY. I still love you!” Something about that really resonated with me, and I spent a good amount of time discussing my “relationship status” with New York while vacationing in Austin recently. You see, being a Texas native with a family and wife from Austin, the first thing people ask me when I go home is, “When are you moving back?” I’m approaching my seven year anniversary with New York and have had several close friends break up with the city this summer, so on this particular trip to Texas, that question caught me at my weakest point.

In college, I spent a summer here interning for MTV and didn’t exactly cry on the plane home. But there is no other city with as much opportunity. Like most of the best relationships in my life, it challenges and inspires me daily.

When I landed in NYC after being away, I realized that I still get immediately energized when I enter the city. You know that feeling? That’s my New York Relationship Barometer (NYRB). The backstory is, I never planned on moving to NYC. I didn’t dream of living here; there were no fantasies of having my own apartment and sex advice column. In college, I spent a summer here interning for MTV and didn’t exactly cry on the plane home. But there is no other city with as much opportunity. Like most of the best relationships in my life, it challenges and inspires me daily. New York sets high standards for its suitors and that breeds competition. I get to see it every day with our clients. Not a day goes by that one of our partners doesn’t call to tell us about a new initiative or project that’s going to push their brand to another level. They are elevated by their competitors, whom they eventually surpass, until those competitors rise to the challenge and push back.

Now, I’m obviously biased in favor of our New York partners. I love Austin, too. It’s a great place to visit and all of us that live in NYC know the importance of giving yourself a break from the city on a regular basis. That said, my NYRB is still reading high and until that changes, NYC and I are still going strong.